Peter Parolin

ParolinDean of the Honors College

Associate Professor of English

Guthrie House 201,


Peter Parolin is currently serving as the Associate Dean of The Honors College. Peter joined the UW English department in 1997. He has twice chaired the department (2008-11; 2014-17) as well as twice serving as Assistant Chair of English.

Peter’s areas of research and teaching include English Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare, women and performance in the early modern world, and the scholarship of food, with special reference to early modern receipt books (recipe books).

For the Honors College, Peter teaches a section of the first-year Colloquium as well as the long-running summer study abroad course, “Shakespeare in England and Italy.”

Beyond UW, Peter lectures for a summer seminar series at the Stratford Festival of Canada. In his extra-curricular life, he acts for UW Theatre and Dance and the local company Relative Theatrics. His favorite roles include Rothko in Red, Danforth in The Crucible, Holofernes in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Botvinnik in A Walk in the Woods, Papa/Sims in The Nether, and David in I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard. Peter also sits on the board of Laramie Reproductive Health.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

B.A., University of British Columbia

M.A., University of Pennsylvania

Recent and Upcoming Courses

Shakespeare Histories and Comedies: Uncomfortable Shakespeare

Introduction to Literature

Introduction to English Studies

Selected Publications

Peter Parolin. “The poor creature small beer”: Princely Autonomy and Subjection in 2 Henry IV,” in David Goldstein and Amy Tigner, eds, Staging Food and Drink in Early Modern England. Duquesne, 2016.

Peter Parolin and Susan Aronstein. “‘The play’s the thing’: The Cinematic Fortunes of Chaucer and Shakespeare,” in Chaucer on Screen: Absence, Presence, and Adapting the Canterbury Tales. Ohio State, 2016.

Peter Parolin. “Introduction: Access and Contestation: Women’s Performance in Early Modern England, Italy, France, and Spain,” in Peter Parolin, ed., Early Theatre 15,1, 2012

Peter Parolin, “‘If I had begun to dance’: Women’s Performance in Kemp’s Nine Daies Wonder,” in Peter Parolin, ed., Early Theatre 15, 1, 2012

Peter Parolin, “‘What revels are in hand’: A Change of Direction at the Stratford Festival of Canada,” Shakespeare Quarterly 60, 2, 2009

Pamela Allen Brown and Peter Parolin, eds. Women Players in England, 1500-1660: Beyond the All-Male Stage. Ashgate, 2005.

Selected Awards

College of Arts and Sciences Top Ten Teacher Award, 2016, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003

John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, 2013

College of Arts and Sciences Seibold Professorship, 2011-12

Beatrice Gallatin Beuf Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in Freshman Level Courses, 2002

College of Arts and Sciences Award for Extraordinary Merit in Teaching, 2000

College of Arts and Sciences Award for Extraordinary Merit in Advising, 2001

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